Deaf News: Sisters convicted of sexual abuse of boy spared jail sentence for being deaf

Posted on August 20, 2016

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It is being widely reported in the news today that two Deaf sisters convicted of sexual abuse of a boy have been spared jail sentences because of their deafness.

Extract from the Mirror:

Two evil sisters who sexually abused a boy when he was aged just six and then again when he was a teenager have been spared jail – because they are both DEAF.

Julie Fellows, 30, and her sister Jennifer, 32, targeted the youngster over a period spanning 14 years.

But a judge today went against guidelines and ruled that it wouldn’t be fair to jail the pair – who have never learnt to lip read – as they would not be able to communicate properly in prison and effectively mean they were in isolation.

He also cited the fact that sign language isn’t available in prison – and that one of the defendants was pregnant – as reasons not to jail the sick pair.

Both had previously been told to expect “very significant sentences” for their vile abuse.

Read the full story here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedo-sisters-who-sexually-abused-8666829?ICID=FB_mirror_main

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